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md going away...

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Posted by Angel Potter on January 16, 2017 at 5:56am 2 Comments

I don't know If I want to stop

Posted by Zoë on January 6, 2017 at 12:21am 3 Comments

First person who i've told.

Posted by Wild minds member on January 5, 2017 at 4:24pm 1 Comment

First entry - Fools gold

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New year, new changes

Posted by Angel Potter on January 3, 2017 at 2:41am 1 Comment

Awesome title

Posted by Source on December 25, 2016 at 12:00am 3 Comments

You worry too much. (:

Posted by Dave Rair on December 22, 2016 at 12:30pm 1 Comment

My Therapy (A Life of Writing)

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Posted by Infinity Dawnette Spectrum on December 13, 2016 at 1:31pm 1 Comment

Back from College and I Finally get the MD

Posted by K. Pow on December 11, 2016 at 1:39pm 1 Comment

Therapy Time

Posted by againstri on December 5, 2016 at 12:17pm 3 Comments


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Rob Purdy replied to Adriene's discussion Does anyone know?
"Yea, I'm starting to see how vital of a resource having a therapist would be. I keep telling myself I'm going to find one, but its not really the easiest thing to do. And yea, I feel the same way you do, I really don't feel…"
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Meghan Sheath joined Romeofro's group

Negative Daydreamers?

Do you ever have negative daydreams? Ones about death, violence, traumatization, or victimization? If so, stop by and tell your story.
1 hour ago
Meghan Sheath commented on Palejade's group Music In DDing
"Music really influences my daydreams. I build whole subplots bases on songs. I decided that maybe to express my daydreams in a way i may feel more comfortable then talking, i could start writing songs. What do you think?"
1 hour ago
Meghan Sheath replied to noor's discussion ??
"Hey! i can talk with you if you want. here is my email....tiogadragon@gmail.com I daydream all day too so we may be able to help each other."
2 hours ago
Meghan Sheath replied to Adriene's discussion Does anyone know?
"I have only told my mother and my best friend. My friend acted like it was nothing and my mother was(sorry mom!)not very helpful.Now i have decided to not tell any other of my close family and friends. im more comfortable telling strangers then my…"
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Hero Daydreams

For people have daydreams that have something to do with heros. See More
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Infinity Dawnette Spectrum posted a blog post

md going away...

What is the subconscious mind?https://www.2knowmyself.com/Subconscious_mindWhat are subliminal audios?http://www.nickkolenda.com/subliminal-messages/So what I did was I downloaded audacity recorded some affirmations saying the I don't have MD anymore etc. and put it on very low volume so it would directly go to my subconscious mind so after some weeks on listening to the…See More
5 hours ago
Meghan Sheath replied to Palejade's discussion What genre of music works best for you to dream to? in the group Music In DDing
"Any electronic or dubstep song will make me daydream. But sometimes certain songs(usually alternative rock)will make me daydream. I put those songs on a playlist so I can sit and imagine to the songs whenever I want too. I learned to write…"
7 hours ago
Meghan Sheath joined Palejade's group

Music In DDing

For those of us who listen to music while they DD. Share what music you're into now, which songs you find particularly stimulating,what music helps you dream the most... Find new music if you need some new inspiration. See More
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MD Researchers

I'm a college student doing research on MD and want help from all of you, and want each one of you to help me in getting a cure for all of us.. shall we begin?? !!See More
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Dreamcatcher commented on Angel Potter's blog post Mindfulness?
"HI there. Thanks for posting about this. Wow, 15 days is really good! I've been trying mindfulness and meditation in general to see if they will help to reduce or control my MD. It's been pretty difficult and discouraging so far, but maybe…"
21 hours ago
Aj commented on Angel Potter's blog post Mindfulness?
"Mindfulness definitely helps my MD, though of course it becomes harder when I'm experiencing more stress. I think mindfulness is a wonderful tool for MDers to practice throughout their life. It also sometimes helps me feel less of an urge to…"
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Does anyone find that practicing mindfulness helps to reduce their MD?Somehow, beating all my expectations, I've managed to practice mindfulness everyday so far this year. 15 days and going strong! Normally my MD/procrastination kicks in, as it does with everything, and I just don't get around to doing it.I find that sitting still and trying to be mindful is really hard. It's just so difficult to still my mind and just be. I use a couple of apps on my phone. My mind is so busy! Is that just…See More
tasniiem chandraa replied to Georgia's discussion A friendly chat
"when i finally got out of my day dreaming and tried to make a real friend i ended up with disappointments. but as my maladaptiveness would have it i cant get him out of my head. he wasnt a bad person and he was stupid either. which is what i liked…"
Steven Paul Hunter replied to Georgia's discussion A friendly chat

Daydreamers welcome

Most children daydream. Most children have imaginary friends they play out creative scenarios with. Their fantasy world is a simple, joyful distraction from their outer lives. Eventually their outer lives take root, and they grow out of it. Their playful fantasies become unnecessary as they develop more fulfilling relationships. Their fantasy dream world fades into the past as nothing but a wonderful childhood memory. Usually they forget it ever existed.
For some of us............it doesn't, and the consequences can be drastic.

For the past 30 years I've been living in an alternate reality that has completely taken over my life. Instead of fading into the past, it became my reality. The outside world faded & faded, and I've been fighting to reclaim it. Long past the point of being a joyful fantasy, it's become an addiction that I have unlimited access to. I have no self control. I can only distract myself out of it. I'm like an alcoholic with an unlimited supply of booze everywhere I go. When I do it too much I feel sick & dazed, yet I can't stop. I've stepped out into traffic & almost gotten myself killed more times than I can count. I've gotten better & am struggling to find footing in the outside world. In the meantime, I want to reach out.

This condition has a name. It's called Maladaptive Daydreaming, also known as Compulsive Fantasizing. I spent years feeling alone and scared, like I was the only one on the planet that could possibly be going through this. I felt like a freak. I was completely ashamed and scared to death anyone would find out. It's time to end that. We're not freaks. Our brains work differently. Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers) lead unique and enriching lives. We have wondrous gifts and gut-wrenching struggles. For the good and the bad, this condition takes a lot of strength and energy to live with. I refuse to be ashamed, and I don't want anyone else to be either.

I know there are others out there who are experiencing a similar kind of condition. Hopefully they're not experiencing it to the extreme that I have. Either way, let's talk. Perhaps we can find some answers together.

This forum isn't just for Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers). Many disorders do overlap. Feel free to discuss any that you like. Let's keep the dialog going.

One day, I hope we can all stand proud and learn to live the best of both worlds. Once we do, I'm sure we'll feel better off for having had this condition.


Does anyone know?

Started by Adriene. Last reply by Rob Purdy 1 hour ago. 528 Replies

Do your friends or family know about your daydreaming? What are their feelings/reactions to it? This is the only place where I can talk about my daydreaming. I've never told anyone and I'd be mortified if my family found out.Continue


Started by noor. Last reply by Meghan Sheath 2 hours ago. 3 Replies

I feel lonly , i need to speck with any person have my same problem, maybe we can help each other to be better , I spend all my time in daydreaming , I need someone help me to stop that

A friendly chat

Started by Georgia. Last reply by tasniiem chandraa yesterday. 10 Replies

Anyone fancy a friendly chat. I'e been waiting so long to talk to people who see the world like I do and now I finally found a place where I can. If anyone wants to leave a message maladaptiven or not feel free to drop a chat I havethis tab open…Continue

Tags: maladaptive, chat, friends, friendly

Yes, you can cure Maladaptive Daydreaming

Started by Eretaia. Last reply by Ruby21 on Friday. 149 Replies

Two years ago when I joined this community, I think I was more dead than alive. I've been waging quite a brutal war with maladaptive dreaming and the array of issues that underlie it ever since then and I'm on my way out of this prison. I wanted to…Continue

Tags: overcoming, maladaptive, daydreaming

help please

Started by Wild minds member. Last reply by Wild minds member on Thursday. 3 Replies

Hello, i'm 19 years old and i started MD as a form of protection. It started at college (my first round) where i had no friends, everyone was mean and i didn't enjoy my subjects. No one understood my creative abilities. So i started to imagine my…Continue

The shock of returning to reality

Started by Clara. Last reply by Source Jan 11. 5 Replies

Hi! I have been MDDing for 3 years, and I am finally coming back into reality after being away for so long. Is it normal to feel disoriented/confused after daydreaming for so long? It's a weird feeling to describe. It's like finally accepting that…Continue

Do your fantasies inspire you to make things? (Daydreaming about the same Imaginary Boyfriend for 14 years)

Started by Julie. Last reply by Kim Katz Jan 9. 12 Replies

It started when I was twelve. I used to day dream during classes (especially Chemistry), long car rides, and, of course, before bed.After 14 years, he's still there, same face, just minor personality changes.Whenever I'm in a new relationship, he…Continue

Investigating a Relationship Between Maladaptive Daydreaming and Social Anxiety - Participants Required!!

Started by Louise Jan 6. 0 Replies

Hello everyone,I am a final year psychology student at Aston University in the UK looking to investigate maladaptive daydreaming for my final year project and am looking for participants. The study will be conducted online and will be looking at…Continue

Tags: Social Anxiety, Maladaptive Daydreaming, Study, Research, MDD

New here. my introduction my story

Started by T.h. Last reply by Wild minds member Jan 5. 6 Replies

Hey everyone I'm new here. I only found out about this place a week ago when coincidentally googling help for my depression and anxiety.Although I'm new and just realized this thing had a name lol I have been suffering from md since I wannna say…Continue

Realizing that you have MDD

Started by Clara Jan 3. 0 Replies

Hi! A couple months ago I realized that I have MDD. I have been daydreaming for about 3 years. I am finally coming back into reality after "being away" for so long. Is it normal to feel disoriented and confused after daydreaming for that much time?…Continue


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    Out Of My Mind (article I wrote on MD)

    This is an article I wrote for my writing class about MD.  

    Out of My Mind…


    Created by Cordellia Amethyste Rose Nov 22, 2010 at 7:36pm. Last updated by Cordellia Amethyste Rose Nov 22, 2010.

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    Created by Cordellia Amethyste Rose Feb 20, 2010 at 11:14am. Last updated by Cordellia Amethyste Rose Feb 20, 2010.


    Do I have Maladaptive Dayreaming?

    Maladaptive Daydreaming is not an officially recognized condition yet. We’re still learning a lot about it. Here are some of the main symptoms that seem to be emerging:
    • You daydream more often than you think is normal.
    • You’ve built up a character(s) that’s an idealized version of yourself
    • You feel more empowered in your daydreams.
    • You’re starting to enjoy daydreaming better than the real world.
    • Daydreaming is starting to interfere with your day-to-day activities.
    • You might enact some movement, like pacing or moving your hands, (though not everyone does this).

    • Some people make facial expressions, talk, and/or act out their daydreams.  

    It's not all bad...

    Maladaptive Daydreamers have many gifts along with struggles.

    -extreme creativity
    -the ability to think through complex issues on our own
    -the ability to see issues from many perspectives (we can have intense dialogs in our own minds)
    -the ability to think quickly
    -strength. (It takes a lot of strength to live in two worlds at once.)
    -insightful and empathetic
    -loving (Even when no one's around, we still have people to love in our minds.)

    -extreme difficulty concentrating
    -sluggish. It's hard to be productive when you just want to daydream
    -clumsy and awkward
    -difficulty cultivating or maintaining relationships (This may not apply to everyone, but if your MD starts to progress, you may prefer daydreaming to real interactions)
    -difficulty completing tasks due to desire to constantly stop and daydreaming
    -difficulty reaching certain milestones because of constant desire to stop and daydream.

    What do I DO?

    Well, we're still figuring that out. Since this is so new it's kinda up to us to figure out how to deal with it. I encourage people to try anything they can & want to. If something works, please let us know, so others will benefit.
    -Identifying triggers
    Many people find that
    certain activities
    trigger them to start
    Identifying and
    limiting exposure to
    triggers is one way to
    Common triggers:
    music, tv, books,
    long walks or
    monotonous activity
    If you feel yourself
    starting to daydream,
    stop and change
    activities. Get up and
    do anything else and
    come back to it when
    you're feeling more
    -Getting out in the public
    A lot of times we just
    need to get out of our
    heads for awhile. Go
    out and talk to people.
    -Get up quickly and go to bed tired.
    Many daydream in the
    morning. To avoid
    this, make sure you get
    out of bed the instant
    you wake up.
    To avoid daydreaming
    at night, go to bed
    when you're extremely
    -Allow limited daydreaming
    Many of us really
    appreciate the comfort
    of our daydreams and
    don't want to give
    them up.
    Instead, allow
    yourself certain times
    to daydream, and
    force yourself to get
    up and stop when
    your time is up.
    -Find other things you love, and focus on them.
    Don't forget that we
    daydream because we
    love it. It may take
    time and energy to
    focus, but if we can
    make the external
    world more fun, then
    we won't need to
    daydream as much.


    Another common suggestion that people are saying works for them is meditation.  Some have said it helps them focus, even if it doesn't completely eliminate their MD.  Some have also said that Yoga and meditation help.



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